Marisol

Ana Belén

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Marisol

Barely a teenager when she made her film debut in Un Rayo De Luz, Marisol grew up before the Spanish public- first as a film actress and later as pop singer. Born Josefa "Pepa" Flores on Feb. 4, 1948 in Málaga, the young talent became a working actress at the age of six, and spent much of the sixties showing off her striking beauty on the silver screen. The Zafiro label released numerous soundtracks to accompany Marisol's youth-oriented films, but she didn't blossom into a full-fledged pop singer until the late sixties. A more mature Marisol with a much fuller voice released remarkable pop records such as the fuzz-guitar-laden "Corazón Contento" (1968), the number one hit "Mamy Panchita" (1970), and the dramatic "Ven Ven" (1973) - all on the Zafiro label. In 1970 Spanish TV aired 360 Grados En Torno A Marisol, a long-form music video that focused solely on the Spanish idol. In 1972 she made the bold move to play a very adult role in the Juan Antonio Bardem film La Corrupci—n De Chris Miller. That same year Marisol represented Spain in the 1st Festival OTI (a Spanish/Latin American song contest) in Madrid, singing the hit "Niña" and wearing a flowing fuchsia dress. Marisol achieved international stardom, recording in Italian, Portuguese, French, English, German, and Japanese. She has appeared on the cover of popular Spanish magazine, Lecturas a record 31 times. And in 1976 her new record "Háblame Del Mar, Marinero" was in such high demand that the record company ran out of copies within weeks. From 1977-1985 Marisol worked extensively as an actor for the Spanish TV firm TVE and worked with director Carlos Saura on two highly acclaimed movies in the 1980s, Carmen and Boda De Sangre (Blood Wedding). With three children and two ex-husbands in tow, Marisol spent a good part of the early eighties as a social activist for the left (she was sympathetic to the communist ideology). She released her last record in 1983 and was not heard from for some 15 years, but in 1999 she came out of hiding when she joined the protest against the US Navy's bombing of the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. She now goes by her given name, Pepa Flores.

Ana Belén

Blessed with large, sleepy eyes and high cheekbones most girls can only dream of, Ana Belén needn't work too hard to compete with Spain's leading ladies. She was a ravishing beauty- an actress and a singer who began her career by making the rounds at song contests and festivals organized by the radio stations. She scored a hit in 1965 with "Soy Así"and has had a number of top-selling albums in more recent years. In the late sixties Ana focused intently on the craft of stage-acting- she was given some prestigious theatrical roles, but her singing career suffered as a result. The tide turned back to singing in 1971 when she appeared in the stage musical comedy Sabor A Miel (A Taste Of Honey). In 1973, Ana fell hard for renowned Spanish singer/ songwriter, Victor Manuel, and the two married that same year. She went on to record an album of her husband's songs that won the prestigious "Disc De Oro"award. Ana continues to make records and films into the 21st century.

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